The landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 is undoubtedly one of the most successful civil rights laws in our nation’s history, and remains an important piece of national legislation that is still relevant today. However, the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder effectively nullified the Act’s special preclearance provisions. As a result, until Congress amends the Act, voting rights litigation will be the only path available to minority voters seeking to protect their rights against discriminatory voting laws.
Help respond to this voting rights crisis by joining the American Constitution in a half-day training program, taught by some of the most respected voting rights practitioners in the country. This training will arm attendees with the tools and tips necessary to become active members of the voting rights bar, and will provide an opportunity for new and returning members of the voting rights community to meet and strategize about the challenges to come. We need you to be part of the next generation of voting rights defenders.
What: Miami Voting Rights Training Institute
Where: Holland & Knight, 701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3300, Miami, FL
When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 1:30 to 5:00 PM
Who: Any and all lawyers and law students with a commitment to and interest in protecting the right to vote
CLE: Credit is pending
Faculty will include:
- Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations , ACLU of Florida
- Neil Bradley, Former Associate Director at ACLU Voting Rights Project·
- Chad W. Dunn, Partner, Brazil & Dunn
- Gerry Hebert, Executive Director & Director of Litigation, Campaign Legal Center
- Franita Tolson, Betty T. Ferguson Professor of Voting Rights, Florida State University College of Law
To participate in this critical training event, please contact Zack Gima, Associate Director of Network Advancement for the American Constitution Society.